Treating a head injury is something we should all know something about. While some people may never need to use first aid, it always pays to know about it. A head injury is often mild and causes no concern, but you should know what to look out for if you come across someone who has received a blow to the head. It may also set your mind at rest if you suffer a head injury.
The first thing to do is to assess the injury. Very often, there may be no break to the skin and nothing other than a bump or a bruise. A cold compress can help bring out the swelling and ease the pain. Additionally, the person may suffer a headache and mild symptoms including dizziness and nausea. These may go quite quickly, depending on how bad the blow to the head was.
Treating a head injury with caution
Caution should always be exercised in relation to a head injury. Some symptoms, such as a loss of consciousness, always require medical attention to be sought. Additionally, you may need to seek help if someone experiences a headache that gets rapidly worse, or if they are sick or their dizziness gets worse.
If in doubt, it is always best to seek advice and support from a qualified medical practitioner. Any loss of consciousness, however brief, always warrants further investigation. Concussion may be diagnosed, and it is imperative that any bleeding or blood clots on the brain are ruled out.
Claiming for head injuries caused by a third party
Sometimes we may only have ourselves to blame for a head injury. However, in some cases, people have been awarded compensation after receiving a head injury that someone else accidentally caused. Think of a worker who wasn’t given a hard hat by their employer when this should have been the case, for example. Road accidents caused by people who weren’t paying proper attention might also result in a head injury occurring to an innocent person.
Accident Advice Helpline is always on hand to provide no-obligation advice if you’ve had a head injury within the last three years. Treating a head injury in the proper way can reduce the symptoms you suffer afterwards, but calling us on 0800 689 0500 is always a good decision to make (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile).
Date Published: November 23, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead